February 22, 2007

One billion minus one

This year's ubiquitous ads for the Academy Awards ceremony almost has me convinced not to watch. The campaign — which features quotations from past Oscar-winning films — only serves to remind us that it's the movies we love and remember, not the Oscars. How far would they get with an ad campaign featuring memorable quotes from Oscar telecasts, especially from the past five years? I know this isn't exactly news to anyone, but the more they try to improve the show, the more boring it gets.

Over at HuffPo, Bruce Feiler has a proposal for improving acceptance speeches that's nearly identical to the one I made two years ago. Bruce is a bestselling author, though, so maybe they'll listen to him.

Speaking of Bruce's books, that plug at the end of the first graf doesn't quite work. The Oscars is the one ceremony where winners don't thank God, seeing as how they're all liberal Hollywood elites. However, that may change this year now that they've nominated so many blactors. Everyone knows black folks love God more than the rest of us.

Posted by Daniel Radosh


There was a Harper's Index years ago that included something that went along the lines of...

Number of winners at this year's Academy Awards ceremony who thanked Michael Ovitz: 4
Number who thanked God: 1

I've decided to make Academy Awards acceptance speeches much more interesting this year by going to a Ted Leo show, instead.

A couple years ago the only winner to thank God was Three 6 Mafia. Their Oscar-winning song mentions God, too:

It's blood sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I'm tryin to get rich 'fore I leave up out this bitch
I'm tryin to have thangs but it's hard fo' a pimp
But I'm prayin and I'm hopin to God I don't slip, yeah

Real church-going types, those guys.

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